Kwon Alexander reportedly ‘on track’ to play in 49ers’ first playoff game

For San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander, playing in the NFC Championship Game just three months after tearing his pectoral muscle would have seemed miraculous.

Now, it sounds like he may be back as soon as next week for the Divisional Round.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Alexander, who tore his pec on Halloween, is “on track” to play in the 49ers’ first playoff game against one of the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, or Minnesota Vikings next week. Torn pectoral muscles usually take six months to heal.

“The 49ers had not thought Alexander would be at this point in his recovery, but the former Pro Bowler has defied expectations just as [Houston Texans defensive end JJ] Watt did during Saturday’s wild-card game against Buffalo,” Schefter wrote.

Watt suffered a torn pec just a few days before Alexander did, and returned to record a sack in this week’s Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Alexander returned to practice on Thursday, and the team opened his three-week practice window to be activated from injured reserve. The linebacker has not yet been cleared for contact, and head coach Kyle Shanahan previously stated the team was eyeing a return in the NFC Championship, should the 49ers advance.

Now, it sounds like that timeline has been moved up even further.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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